"What does it mean to follow a ghost?"...

Queen's University Department of Drama
Presents the premiere of
The Haunting of Sophie Scholl
by
Julie Salverson


In Munich 1943, 21-year-old university student Sophie Scholl was executed for circulating leaflets denouncing Hitler and National Socialism. Her actions were a part of an underground resistance movement known as the White Rose.

Nearly 60 years later, Sophie's memory is conjured up when Paul, a student in Canada, embarks on a project to construct a campus memorial in remembrance of the group's efforts. The story of the young woman and her friends absorbs Paul and challenges him to confront both his paralysis at school and the secrets in his family history. He asks himself what kind of person he would be in a country at war, in a society torn apart by opposing ideas and dangerous events.


Based on a true story, The Haunting of Sophie Scholl is the first original script to be produced by the Queen's Department of Drama in recent memory, and is to be the last performance directed by faculty member Anne Hardcastle before her retirement in the spring of 2002.

The conception for this play began 18 months ago when Prof. Hardcastle, who most recently directed the Queen's 1999 production of Chekov's Uncle Vanya, approached Julie Salverson-fellow professor, accomplished playwright and artistic director of Flying Blind Theatre Events-asking her to write a script. Salverson has this to say: "I was honoured, but didn't know what to write about. Then I remembered a story that first caught my attention when I was in my twenties and involved in the peace and disarmament movement. The story was about the White Rose and it ran smack up against the kinds of questions I hear my students at Queen's asking. I also liked the idea of a story that took place somewhere else, in some other time, because it made me ask what it means to be implicated in something that appears to be someone else's problem".



Tickets on sale Oct. 15 at the Department of Drama in Theological Hall For more information,
please call: 613 533-2104 or visit: www.queensu.ca/drama

November 7-10 & 14-16 at 8pm, November 17 at 4pm & 8pm
Rotunda Theatre, Theological Hall, Kingston, Ontario
All Tickets $6.00